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Mocking Dead Women Is Wrong, Unless They’re Republicans

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is interviewed for 'The Presidents' Gatekeepers' project about the White House Chiefs of Staff at the Bush Library, October 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images).

One of my favorite rules of thumb is this: “Liberals want conservatives to shut up. Conservatives want liberals to keep talking.” I try to live by that. Even if I disagree with you strongly, even if I think your opinions are ignorant and poisonous and dumb as hell, I’m not going to tell you what you can and can’t say. I might not listen to you, but I won’t try to shut you down so nobody can listen to you. What you’re saying isn’t hate speech just because I hate it. Keep runnin’ that yap, dummy.

This theory is sorely tested every single day. And I find myself especially tested when something bad happens to someone who’s despised by our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters on the left, such as when a prominent Republican passes away. That’s when the floodgates of spite and rage open up, and libs show the rest of us who they really are.

Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee:

A Fresno State professor called former first lady Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” who raised a “war criminal,” and expressed no concern that she could be fired or reprimanded for her outspokenness on social media.

Randa Jarrar, a professor in Fresno State’s Department of English, expressed her displeasure with the Bush family within an hour after the official announcement that Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92.

Jarrar made her deep thoughts known to the world via the miraculous medium of Twitter. She’s locked her account for some reason, but here are some screenshots of her musings.

WARNING: Strong language and general stupidity

Jarrar now says she’s been placed on paid leave by Fresno State. It must be nice to have a job that gives you a free vacation for spewing bile in public. But I sincerely hope it’s only temporary and she’s back to work soon. Not because I want Jarrar to be proven right in her arrogant claim that she can never be fired, but because she’s a perfect advocate for liberalism. I want everybody to see how hateful and dimwitted it really is.

Also on Twitter, a self-described “poet” named Mira Gonzalez has added these similarly lovely contributions to the national discussion:

I guess I just don’t get modern poetry.

Then there’s this relatively mild example from a woman named Jen Spyra, who says she’s a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (I suppose that’s something to brag about, in certain circles.)

Insulting a woman’s looks as her friends and family mourn her. That might seem nasty, but I’ll remind you that Barbara Bush wasn’t a Democrat, so there’s an entirely different set of rules.

Not to pick on the ladies here. I’m sure there are examples of repulsive rhetoric from liberal men as well, if you want to look for them. But it’s amusing to see this sort of talk from the people who are still heartbroken that they didn’t put a woman in the White House. They claim the world would be a peaceful, harmonious place with more women in power, and then they turn right around and say awful stuff like this about women who dare to disagree with them.

The folks who blurt out moronic liberal pieties like “Hate speech isn’t free speech” will defend the most hateful speech imaginable, as long as it’s directed at a common enemy.

And I say… let ’em! Silencing people doesn’t work. It doesn’t change their minds. It only makes them feel like victims, and it hardens their resolve. “If I’m pissing off this many people, I must be doing something right!” Which is illogical hypocrisy — they never say that about people who make them angry — but hey, most people are illogical hypocrites.

Of course, I’ve been known to mock the dead myself. I’ve cruelly laughed at the deaths of people like Ted Kennedy and Saddam Hussein and Charles Manson. I’ve ignored the grief of their friends and loved ones to take cheap shots at the dead. If you think that makes me a hypocrite, if you think Barbara Bush was just as bad or worse, go ahead and tell me. You have every right to say so. America is still a free country.

For now.